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Engineering (Mechanical Manufacturing or Maintenance or Fabrication & Welding) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of engineering activities in the mechanical or manufacturing engineering sector. It will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a college course, giving you the chance to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the essential functional and personal skills required for both your current job role and your future career. You and your employer will decide which pathway will be most suited to your job role and which units you will study within that pathway.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English, maths and science , or equivalent, or a technical subject such as engineering or product design. Alternatively you can progress from a relevant Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship programme.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Engineering Organisational Efficiency and Improvement
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding
  • Advanced Milling
  • Advanced Turning

You will also study specialist units depending on the pathway you choose.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed for the NVQ (work-based learning) in the workplace in a practical environment. Assessment of the knowledge requirements within the Technical Certificates (classroom-based learning) will consist of a range of methods, including examinations, written tasks and presentations, or through portfolio development.


The qualifications you will study to achieve will depend on your chosen pathway, and include:

NVQs (work-based learning)

  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Engineering Maintenance NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Fabrication and Welding Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Engineering Technical Support NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Technical Certificates (classroom-based learning)

  • Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma
  • EAL Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma.

You will also have the opportunity to achieve the following additional qualifications:

  • English, maths and ICT Functional Skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Further study and career options

Further study: You can continue your studies by undertaking an Engineering HNC/D. Although not part of the apprenticeship many employers will sponsor their apprentices to complete a Higher National Certificate (HNC – equivalent to the first year at university) and / or a Higher National Diploma (HND – equivalent to the first two years at university) both offered at Bedford College. You may also look to join a professional organisation, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Future careers: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you will be able to undertake a full range of duties related to your job role confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry, so you will be well-prepared to seek further employment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Between 2 and 4 years Flexible Various Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Brunel Training Centre W369


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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